Oystercatcher at Dusk

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While teaching a workshop all about creative bird photography my students and I were walking off the beach after sunset. I was talking to them about how it's wise to keep your eye open for photo opportunities even after the sun has set. I find this especially true on the beach, since it's wide open and often there is enough light to get by. As we walked along we came upon this American Oystercatcher and I used it as a great example of what you can capture after the sun has set. You often have to push your settings into somewhat uncomfortable areas such as this slow 1/100 shutter speed I used on this shot, but when you can make it work the images take on a unique look. The soft, yet directional light can work really well and when the sky is in play the colors can be really beautiful. In this shot I made sure to include some of the light sand in the foreground to soften things out and I left the composition rather loose to include more of the pretty blue and purple pastel tones from the dusk sky.

• Location: Stone Harbor Point, New Jersey

• Date Taken: 4/30/2018

• Exposure: 1/100 @ f/4

• ISO: 1250

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s


Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.